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NHL Network to debut series ranking best players

Best players ranked by position, starting with 'Top 20 Forwards right now' this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET

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SECAUCUS - Continuing its new slate of offseason programming, NHL Network will look ahead to the 2016-17 season and rank the best players across the National Hockey League in four new countdown series starting this week.

NHL Network will reveal its lists of the best position players in the league starting this Saturday, August 6 with Top 20 Forwards Right Now at 9:30 p.m. ET, followed by Top 20 Defensemen Right Now on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET and Top 10 Goalies Right Now on Saturday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sunday's airing of Top 20 Forwards Right Now will immediately follow the USA vs. Canada matchup at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, live on NHL Network at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Seven Hart Trophy winners, three Vezina Trophy winners and five Calder Trophy winners are among the ranking in NHL Network's five-part series Top 50 Players Right Now, beginning Sunday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET with players ranked 50-41. With players from nine of the last 10 Stanley Cup champions included, the series will count down the top players in NHL based on player performance over the past several seasons with an emphasis on 2016, and projected 2017 performance.

Determined by NHL Network researchers, producers and on-air personalities, each ranking takes into account players who are coming back from injuries, younger players expected to break out, and veteran players with proven track records. Following the completion of each show, viewers can visit NHLNetwork.com for videos on the latest rankings. 

NHL Network's Countdown Series Schedule

Date, Ranking, Time (ET)

Saturday, August 6, Top 20 Forwards Right Now, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 13, Top 20 Defensemen Right Now, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, Top 10 Goalies Right Now, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21, Top 50 Players Right Now: 50-41, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, Top 50 Players Right Now: 40-31, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 28, Top 50 Players Right Now: 30-21, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 3, Top 50 Players Right Now: 20-11, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 4, Top 50 Players Right Now: 10-1, 7:00 p.m.

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